Should Tevez and Fabregas depart, the Premiership brand will be devalued further. It was a huge loss to the competition when Ronaldo swanned off to Real Madrid and the defection of two genuinely World Class players will chip still more veneer away. Drogba, Lampard, Giggs and Gerrard are in decline, Scholes has retired, Essien is out for six months, the truly great players are concentrated together in Barcelona and Madrid and Torres may never recover his best form of a couple of seasons ago.
Wherever you look now, there are either journeymen or athletes. Sure Bale is tasty but his game is more about speed and commitment than sublime ability. Yes Van Persie is class but how long will he hang around after Fabregas has gone? Of course Rooney is talented but he is now the most precious jewel in the Man Utd crown rather than one of a host of sparklers.
Nani, Valencia, Malouda, Saurez, Toure, Silva, Modric, Nasri, Van Der Vaart, Fernandes, Young - they are all good or very good but they are not "special" like Tevez, Ronaldo and Fabregas. When Downing and Henderson command fees of £20m and £16m respectively, you know the cupboard is pretty damn bare! If this continues, the marketing men may start to struggle as they attempt to sell the "Best League in the World" line.
And then look at the supporting cast. I don't mean to be disrespectful here but isn't the Prem cheapened when you see QPR, Swansea, Norwich and Wigan in the starting line up? Wolves, Sunderland, Fulham, Blackburn, West Brom, Stoke...there are lots of games that promise to be less than mouth watering contests in amongst that lot isn't there?
And of course, on top of all that, the Prem has been stripped of the might of Kovac, Boa, Piquionne, Obinna, Spector and, as things stand, Cole, Parker and Green. Never mind the big kick off, August threatens to be the big turn off at this rate.